THE recent crisis around the supply of fresh water highlighted a number of things, in particular the need to conserve our precious water resources.
It also highlighted our ability as a community to come together to find solutions to alleviate and or minimise the suffering of our people.
I witnessed some amazing acts of kindness and determination by ordinary folk who came together to ensure that everyone who needed fresh water got some.
There were also business people who made a sterling effort to provide support in the form of bottled water as well as privately tanked water to a number of distribution points. I watched in awe as people came together, working until late hours of the nights giving of their personal time and resources.
A few people need to be mentioned because we, as a community, need to say thank you to them.
Firstly to Selvan Chetty and Gona Naidoo of Imvusa Trucking, Yunus Moosa of Luckys, Mr D. Krishna of LDK, for tanked water supplied to water tanks. I would also like to thank Alex Skene of the Tweni Conservancy, Leila Edwards of Tweni Crime Watch and Solly Sulleiman for their contribution towards this effort too. There were others too, a big thank you guys.
During this time I also witnessed some amazing effort by Ugu staff members who very often are on the receiving end of complaints. Despite the huge challenges, we must appreciate the efforts of our municipal manager, Mr DD Naidoo and Paul Watson and their management team who worked tirelessly to find a solution to the salty water problem.
Other Ugu staff that need mentioning are Khomba Mkhize, Suren Gunpath, Craig Bently, Ricky Naicker and Mukesh Sookoo.
These dedicated staff members worked throughout this period to ensure that fresh water was again flowing through our taps.
Finally, we take our hats off to the two companies that were tasked to keep the river mouth open, dredge the river and build a berm upstream. We could see their teams working until late into the night to ensure that we get fresh water again.
This dedication by those contractors must be appreciated applauded.